A new piece of equipment was added to the Southwestern Elementary School playground prior to the beginning of the school year in September. The playground was installed following a two-year effort by the school's PTO to raise more than $50,000.
The new piece of equipment was installed to coincide with the 10-year anniversary of the opening of the new elementary school, which replaced the former Celoron and Lakewood buildings.
The new playground was constructed using 1,567 pounds of scrap steel and more than 16,275 recycled milk jugs. Installation was coordinated and guided through BigToys, which was represented locally by John Curtiss Designs. PTO officers are Cindy McFadden and Janet Beckerink, co-presidents; Theresa Levandoski, secretary; Kelly Prewit, staff appreciation chairperson; and Lori Svenson, parent liaison.
The PTO would like to thank the following businesses and organizations for helping in their fundraising efforts: Bargain Outlet, The Chocolate Shop (Buffalo), Don's Car Wash, Ed Shults Auto Group, Fenton Mobility, H&R Block (Lakewood), Lakewood Golf Center, The Lion's Club, LUV Toyota, Pizza Express, Quick Solutions, Reg Lenna Civic Center, Roberto's Restaurant, Schuyler's Restaurant, Tim Hortons (Lakewood), Wegmans and Wing City Grille (Lakewood).
They would also like to thank the following volunteers for assisting with the playground's installation: Jim Alexander, Patrick Caldwell, Bud McFadden, Amy Shaffer, Amy Anderson, John Felton, Cynthia McFadden, Lori Svenson, Janet Beckerink, Charles Hazenberg, Kristen Minarovich, Jennifer Tyger, Bill Burk, Kristen Hoth, Jennifer Quimby, PJ Wendel, Bill Caldwell, Jeff Levandoski, Aaron Rounds, Tom Wight, Jacob Caldwell, Theresa Levandoski and Sarah Rounds.